Experiments in Social Rule-bending with Elliott P. Montgomery

  • Parisoma 169 11th Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States

Elliott P. Montgomery uses designed artifacts and experiences to raise questions about impact responsibility. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, co-founder of the design-futures studio The Extrapolation Factory, and an affiliate at the DESIS Lab (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) at The New School. Elliott's courses encourage students to take on the systemic challenges faced by communities, industry, nonprofits, and governments, using futures-oriented approaches that cross through system layers.

He earned a Master's Degree at the Royal College of Art in London (Design Interactions, 2011) and a Bachelor's Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. (Industrial Design, 2003). He has worked with start-ups, non-profits, design consultancies and government agencies

The Extrapolation Factory is a design-based research studio for participatory futures studies, founded by Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios. Central to these methods is the creation of hypothetical future props and their deployment in familiar contexts such as 99¢ stores, science museums, vending machines and city sidewalks. With this work, the studio is exploring new territories for democratized futures by rapidly imagining, prototyping, deploying and evaluating visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.